GU Canal, Leicester to Wigston

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    This stretch of the canal can be reached in the north via Everards Meadow, just off Soar Valley Way. To the east access is from Little Glen Road in Glen Parva.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 80

    Description

    The main route of the Grand Union Canal, built between 1793 and 1814, is from London to Birmingham but it has several 'arms' including that which runs to Leicester and beyond into Nottinghamshire. This is a navigable route and has a public footpath (towpath) along the full length. As with most canals, the shallow water (typically around 1.2m) and shallower edges provides good habitat for emergent aquatic vegetation, which in turn supports a wide range of invertebrates.

    Through Leicester the canal and River Soar intertwine, merging in some parts, but from this section southwards the canal is separate.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The White-legged Damselfly can be found along this stretch. Kingfisher and Grass Snake have also been recorded.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo11/03/2012
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris11/03/2012
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria11/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum26/08/2016
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus24/01/2015
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis26/12/2014
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos08/09/2013
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea20/03/2012
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis08/09/2013
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo02/10/2016
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina03/02/2015
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis01/03/2012
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris14/04/2015
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris01/03/2012
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus27/12/2016
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus28/02/2012
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax10/03/2012
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone27/12/2016
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula02/03/2012
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus01/03/2012
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor24/03/2015
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major01/03/2012
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula01/03/2012
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs02/03/2012
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus28/02/2012
    BirdsLesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus02/03/2012
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba16/01/2016
    BirdsGreat TitParus major01/03/2012
    BirdsCormorantPhalacrocorax carbo20/03/2012
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita20/03/2015
    BirdsMagpiePica pica28/02/2012
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis12/03/2015
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis02/03/2012
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula24/01/2015
    BirdsStarlingSturnus vulgaris02/03/2012
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla14/04/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes01/03/2012
    BirdsRedwingTurdus iliacus27/12/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula02/03/2012
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos02/03/2012
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris24/01/2015
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus02/03/2012
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus26/08/2016
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina26/08/2016
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io26/06/2016
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines26/04/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes09/08/2012
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum08/09/2013
    FishPikeEsox lucius24/03/2015
    FliesFace FlyMusca autumnalis02/10/2016
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon27/12/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris04/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis24/09/2017
    MammalsBank VoleClethrionomys glareolus07/06/2012
    MammalsHedgehogErinaceus europaeus13/04/2012
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi12/05/2012
    ReptilesGrass SnakeNatrix natrix03/06/2018
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana02/10/2016
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis24/09/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna02/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRussian-vineFallopia baldschuanica24/09/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersJapanese HoneysuckleLonicera japonica24/09/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus24/09/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElm agg.Ulmus agg.30/11/2018
    WildflowersFlowering-rushButomus umbellatus30/06/2019
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra26/06/2016
    WildflowersRough ChervilChaerophyllum temulum02/10/2016
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum24/09/2017
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus02/10/2016
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album02/10/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina02/10/2016
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major02/10/2016
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans02/10/2016
    WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia24/09/2017
    WildflowersMind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii16/12/2018
    WildflowersMarsh WoundwortStachys palustris02/10/2016
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media24/09/2017
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense24/09/2017
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys26/04/2015
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium26/04/2015